Mohsen left us a few weeks ago. He was a lovely student to have around – the school poet and the student dinner organiser! We asked if he would be happy to fill in the interview questions for us for the student storiesseries. Below are his answers – unedited, authentic and honest! And at the bottom of the page are the photos Mohsen sent us along with his interview.
1. What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Mohsen Alhazzah and I was born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
2. What do you do back home? (student, working, etc.)
I recently graduated with an Engineering degree.
3. What is your dream/life goal for the future?
Running a business in travel & tourism field and speaking some Latin languages (French & German).
4. Why did you decide to learn English?
Even though I studied my degree in English, I wanted to improve my language skills. English is a global language and I regard myself as a global citizen, so it’s only logical to improve my English! English is the language of travel and business and I think I need this skill to be successful in the future.
5. Why did you choose Cape Town to learn English?
WHAT A CITY! WHAT A CULTURE! WHAT A LIFESTYLE!
6. Even though South Africa has 12 official languages, do you think being in Cape Town helped your English?
Absolutely! I used English everyday outside the classroom. With my new friends and when I was exploring the city! I could communicate with everyone in English, but there are many different accents in Cape Town so some people were difficult to understand.
7. Why did you choose ELC?
I did a lot of research about language schools in Cape Town. In my opinion ELC seemed like the best option because it is connected to UCT. For me it was very important to be at a professional school and in an academic environment.
8. How did you find out about us?
I did a lot research and found ELC on the internet.
9. How long are you studying with us?
I studied English for 5 months, from July- November 2017.
10. What course are you doing?
I chose a semi intensive (General & Business) course 25 hours a week.
11. Why did you choose this course?
I wanted to get maximum benefit from my time at school and Cape Town but I also wanted to have time to enjoy with my friends.
12. Do you feel you have improved already?
Yes, I do. Now I assure you that I’m able to speak with native speakers smoothly as cool as cucumber.
13. What’s the best thing about ELC for you?
The environment supports learning and I met amazing people and had a great time in school and outside school.
14. Tell me about your class?
I had great classes and I believe that the friends I made will be friends forever! My classmates came from all over the world! Now I have friends from Brazil to Belgium!
15. Tell me about your teachers?
My teachers were wonderful, they taught me a lot. Actually they were inspirational!
16. What will you do after your course with us is finished?
I plan to go back to my country and find a job. Hopefully a job that I can use my English!
17. Where do you stay/sleep?
I lived in a residence and with a host family.
18. What is it like?
I enjoyed both of them. The homestay was nice and I liked spending time with a Cape Townian family, and eating some local food. The residence was also fantastic! I enjoyed spending time with the guys there.
19. What do you do on the weekends/free time when not learning English?
PARTY PARTY PARTY! We had a motto: “Go with the flow!”
20. What do you think about Cape Town?
I think Cape Town is a fantastic city! The nature is beautiful, and there is always something to do! The nightlife is amazing and things are cheap! The people are friendly!
21. Were you nervous about coming to Cape Town?
I was a bit nervous but I did a lot of research before I came so I felt more or less prepared.
22. If yes, what were you nervous about specifically?
Honestly, it was nothing specifically but I assumed was a normal feeling when someone visit a new country.
23. What was the most difficult thing about planning your trip to Cape Town? (visas, the long flight, making a booking at ELC, etc.)
Definitely was the longest flight I had ever.
24. What is one thing you think students like you should know before coming to Cape Town?
When in Cape Town, do as the Capetonians do.
25. What tips would you give students coming to study in Cape Town?
Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.
26. What is your favourite restaurant/bar/activity/coffee shop/place to go in Cape Town?
27. What is one thing students should not forget to pack in their luggage when they come to Cape Town?
clothes for four seasons in One Day.
28. What would you say about the safety and security in Cape Town?
This is the only negative point about Cape Town, it’s not safe. But you can get used to the life here and make sure that you are safe all the time!
29. Where can students shop for food in Cape Town?
There are many supermarkets like Spa, Pick n Pay and Woolworths. There are also many restaurants in Long Street and kloof Street. Very near the school!
30. Do you think Cape Town is expensive?
No, not really.
31. How do you get around in Cape Town? (transport)
I used uber and I walked a lot!
32. What do you miss most about home?
The safety, in my country you can walk around without worries. And I miss my traditional food.
33. How do keep in touch with family and friends back home?
I keep in touch with family and friends by whatsapp messages and sometimes calling.
34. What do you think about the food in Cape Town?
The food is nice, there are many options but I think I ate too much Italian food!
35. What has been your best memory in Cape Town so far? (a day, or an event, or a weekend…?)
Meet the other half of my soul, an unexpected love has kindled.
36. What did you learn that was not English?
How to fall head over heels with someone while the all languages have NO VALUE.
37. Do you have any regrets about choosing Cape Town or ELC? Is there anything you would have done differently?
Absolutely.. Totally .. Definitely NOT, I might be regretted if I chose somewhere else.
If you would like to join in the UCT ELC English language learning experience, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.